Friday, February 15, 2008

7:30 pm UPDATE: Marco Island

So far, at this point, they have had a smooth ride and the boat is running well. He called me just after night fell and said they had missed the opportunity to get fuel before employees had left for the night, so they were going to have to stay at Marco Island for the night. Actually, they're not staying on the island. They're staying approx 5 miles offshore, looking for bottom structure to anchor nearby and then fish a bit.

All that 4am, 8am and afternoon gusto sounded more like exhaustion by the last call. Al was making hotdogs for dinner. They will refuel in the morning at a local marina and cruise through the 1000 islands and Florida bay in daylight, which actually sounds like a better idea to me. There is almost nothing but swamp & estuary from Marco Island until you see the Keys. Dark-thirty is not a good time to take a big through the shallows and markers. (Marco Island live cam from the Tide Restaurant & Bar)

Here's a little Marco Island trivia:
It is also home to Alan Jackson, John Travolta and Shania Twain. It has a population of almost 15,000 in only 10 square miles!! That's 1400 people per mile. Yikes! Almost everybody is caucasian, almost everybody is married or widowed and there are 7 registered sex offenders on the island. There hasn't been a murder on the island from 2000 to present but plenty of burglaries and thefts.

As of 2006, there was 31 officers. Everybody woke up to 90% humidity in the morning year-round. Almost every afternoon, it goes down to 60%. Median home price is $500K.

More news tomorrow. They have a slip (boat dock) waiting for them in Islamorada.

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